W&L Men's Basketball Stymied by Rutgers-Newark, 62-54

W&L Men's Basketball Stymied by Rutgers-Newark, 62-54

GETTYSBURG, Pa. — The Washington and Lee men's basketball team shot 31.5 percent (17-of-54) from the field and suffered a 62-54 loss to Rutgers-Newark at the Gettysburg Tournament on Friday.

In the opening half, the Generals (1-2) struggled to find any consistency on offense, and quickly found themselves down 14-7 to the Scarlett Raiders (2-0) with 10:29 left in the half. Junior guard Andy Kleinlein (Chesterfield, Mo./Chaminade College Prep) canned a triple to trim the deficit to four (14-10) with 9:09 remaining in the half, but a layup by first-year forward Mark Thomas pushed the lead back to six, 16-10, with seven minutes to go before intermission.

The two teams went the next three minutes without registering a point, until a free throw by sophomore forward Clayton Murtha (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) ended the drought. Rutgers-Newark scored the next four points to stretch the advantage to 20-11 with two minutes to go until the break. 

W&L would trim two points off the lead and head into halftime down, 25-18. The team finished the period 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) from the field and turned the ball over nine times. The Generals scored the first eight points of the second half on two three-pointers by Kleinlein sandwiched around two free throws by Murtha to take a 26-25 lead with 16:36 left in the game.

The squads were tied 32-32 with 11:40 to go in the contest, but the Scarlett Raiders scored the next six points to grab a 38-32 lead with 10 minutes remaining. The Blue and White would cut the margin to two (38-36) on four straight points by senior forward Andrew Franz (Charlotte, N.C./Ravenscroft).

Rutgers-Newark led 42-40 with five minutes on the clock, but then tallied six consecutive points to stretch the lead to eight, 48-40, with three minutes remaining. The Generals attempted to play the foul game in the final minutes, but the Scarlett Raiders made 12-of-14 free throws down the stretch to reach the final margin.

Kleinlein finished the game with a career-high 22 points and a career-high nine rebounds to lead the team. He netted 6-of-9 triples, while also registering two steals. Franz notched a season-high 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and five assists.

Senior forward Jordan McDaniel led Rutgers-Newark with 21 points, hitting 13-of-18 free throws. He also had nine rebounds. Senior guard John Snow did a little bit of everything with 14 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The Generals will play Pitt-Bradford on Saturday at 2:00 pm in the consolation game of the Gettysburg Tournament.

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